Is your home’s exterior in need of a makeover?
Adding a fresh coat of paint can help improve your home’s curb appeal.
According to a 2012 project poll 57 percent of respondents are planning an esthetic home improvement, such as painting, this year.
How do I know when it’s time to paint?
- A good paint job should last 5-10 years.
- The most obvious sign that you’re home’s exterior needs a fresh coat of paint is peeling.
- Check the side of your house that gets the most weather exposure – this will be the side where the paint begins to show signs of wear first.
- Peeling paint allows water to seep into the wood and can cause the wood to rot.
Professional painting contractor Andy Wagoner says, “There are vinyl-safe paints, paints that are designed for darker colors on vinyl. If you have a darker color you want to apply to vinyl siding you definitely need to be sure to get that product. Otherwise, paints are very versatile so they can be used on brick, stucco, vinyl.”
When asked about painting brick on a home Andy says, "I’m personally a big fan of painted brick. If someone wants to have that done, we have a process that we do it’s one full prime and two finished coats. Generally speaking, when it’s properly done the way that we do it, it’s going to last about 20 years. The price is dependent on the porosity of the brick, the type of home, things of this nature. But, brick can be painted and results can be spectacular!”
Pick the right paint:
- Although exterior and interior painting shares many characteristics, the paints themselves are formulated differently. The binders and additives in outdoor paint are formulated to resist the elements well, while indoor paint most likely will not.
- The materials of the home’s facade should be considered. When painting flat surfaces like siding or wood, you can opt for standard outdoor paint. When painting a textured surface like stucco or brick, “elastomeric” paint is a much better choice. This type of paint can stretch more than normal paint, which allows it to bridge over small gaps and crevices, painting smoothly over texture.
- Climate is another factor to consider. Sunlight, wind, rain and salty weather can all wear out paint. Oil-based paint is durable against wind, rain and temperature changes, but sunlight tends to degrade it. Alkyd paint chalks and sheds very thin layers when it begins to wear. Latex paint is the more durable option for very sun-drenched and relatively dry climate areas. Latex paint with high vinyl content should be avoided, however. Acrylic resin is by far the more durable binder for outdoor latex paint.
- Areas that are subject to a lot of moisture, like the skirting around houses, may require mold-resistant paint, like outdoor paint with fungicide added. Another specialty paint to consider is a flame-resistant brand. Paint that resists fire rather than combusting could be a life saver for homeowners in wildfire-prone areas.
- Though buying high-quality, specialty paint and getting a professional to apply it can be expensive, the investment will pay off with a high-quality, long-lasting paint job. Low-quality paint often lasts half as long as high-quality paint and even shorter if it's not applied properly.
Picking a color:
- Take surrounding landscaping into consideration: If you have ornamental or colorful trees, shrubbery or floral selections around your home you should figure their colors into the color scheme selection that is made. Homes that have a great deal of trees can make the property darker and cast shadows onto the home. Avoid darker colors for these situations.
- Accentuate the home's attractive details: Entryways, windows, shutters and other details on the home can be painted to make their design noticeable. However features such as gutters, downspouts, external air conditioning systems, unevenly proportioned windows and protruding garage doors should not be completed to draw attention to them as this will provide a negative results.
Consider colors of the home that cannot be changed: There are permanent features of the home that have their own colors which cannot be changed when painting the exterior of the home, but can have a dramatic satisfaction level that is experienced when the painting is completed. Roofing shingles, paving blocks, concrete surfaces, stones and other such features are prime examples of the colors that should be considered when selecting your exterior color scheme for the home.
“A lot of homeowners tend to tackle painting on their own, but keep in mind the most common mistakes made is not properly prepping before you paint. And a lot of times consumers underestimate the true work involved in prepping properly – scrapping and getting the surface clean is really important to a lasting paint job. Also, keep in mind if you have a two-story house and you